Manchester United must look to Mourinho as Ferguson's long-term successor

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With two Champions Leagues, two Premier League titles, one La Liga and two Serie A trophies to his name, Jose Mourinho is undoubtedly one of the most gifted managers of our time.

His tactical knowledge, man management and general charisma have led him to become a managerial superstar with a popular following among not only fans of his former teams, but general football supporters.

The time will inevitably come when Sir Alex Ferguson decides to step down from his esteemed position as the manager of Manchester United, and when this momentous powershift happens, Mourinho is the only man for the job.

The task of taking over from Ferguson will not be envied by many; he has brought United a string of domestic and European successes throughout his 26 year reign, however Mourinho is arguably one of the few who would relish the challenge.

The Real Madrid manager has achieved success at every club he has managed; domestic and European success at Porto and Inter Milan, alongside much coveted league titles at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Although some may rightly argue that Mourinho's major flaw is his lack of loyalty and longevity, it can conversely be said that he has not had the opportunity to display these traits; the circumstances have never been right up until now.

Having managed a number of top teams during brief but hugely successful spells, the time seems right for Mourinho to settle down and build his own legacy, and what better place to do so than at one of the world's top clubs?

The fit seems to be perfect - United will need a manager who has the personality and ambition necessary to take the reins from the man who is seen by many as the most successful manager of all time, and Mourinho stated in the Daily Mail that he wants to return to manage in England at some point in his career.

With a potential audition for the job only days away, it seems that there is ultimately only one man who can take over from Ferguson, and only one club big enough to satisfy his ambition.


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